Network with industry experts at Vertex!

Posted 12/16/2017 - 05:00

Want to meet Hollywood bigwigs and veterans from the CG industry?

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Type Design essentials for Graphic Designers

Posted 12/16/2017 - 02:01

DigiGrotesk was designed in 1970 specifically as a first project forthe Digiset machine, by the company of Dr. Ing. Rudolf Hell, inventor of the machine.
The icons of the digital revolution in type design and how their legacy affects the contemporary

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Review: Dieter Rams – Ten Principles for Good Design

Posted 12/15/2017 - 11:57

While there’s certainly no shortage of books on Dieter Rams, a hefty new tome cuts to the chase with surely what all designers really want to hear: the titular Ten Principles for Good Design.

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How to quickly sketch hands

Posted 12/15/2017 - 10:53

To draw hands, you need to look past the complexity of the hand's anatomy and recognise simple rules that will help you draw from a model or even your own imagination. Although they're notoriously tricky to get right, there are some sketching tips and tricks you can use.To help you, in this short tutorial we'll break the process down into four simple steps to create a quick sketch.

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10 best Christmas ads 2017

Posted 12/15/2017 - 09:55

Oscar-winning directors, chart-topping bands, and budgets larger than some movies: Christmas adverts have never been bigger. But, as this list proves, the best Christmas ads 2017 were the ones that played with the form, took chances, and did something a bit different. There's still a big emphasis on making you blub, but we also liked action ads, comedy ads, and otherworldly ads.

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What CSS framework should you use?

Posted 12/15/2017 - 07:54

CSS can revolutionise your web layouts, help you create animated menus, responsive layout grids and more – but it can also be a real nightmare. We’ve all seen CSS that has spiralled out of control into a mess of codependent, poorly named spaghetti.Fortunately, CSS frameworks like Bootstrap and Foundation are here to help.

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Quiz: What CSS framework should you use?

Posted 12/15/2017 - 07:54

CSS can revolutionise your web layouts, help you create animated menus, responsive layout grids and more – but it can also be a real nightmare. We’ve all seen CSS that has spiralled out of control into a mess of codependent, poorly named spaghetti.Fortunately, CSS frameworks like Bootstrap and Foundation are here to help.

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Artist illustrates bot-written Harry Potter chapter

Posted 12/15/2017 - 07:47

The Harry Potter book series has spawned some amazing spinoffs over the years.

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Learn how to design games with this bundle

Posted 12/15/2017 - 06:57

Whether it's playing a game on your PC or console or tapping away playing one on your phone on your way to work, games are a part of many people's daily routine. You can go from playing games to building the game of your dreams with the Unity A to Z Game Development Bundle, on sale for just $49 (approx.

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Master information architecture

Posted 12/15/2017 - 06:21

If you want to learn the concepts of information architecture and start practicing it yourself, you should come to Generate New York in April, where Abby Covert will run a full-day workshop and follow it up with a talk at the conference that will help you make sense of any mess. According to Abby Covert, the web need information architects.

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The 14 most exciting open source projects on the web

Posted 12/15/2017 - 06:00

We're constantly amazed by all of the cool new open source projects; if you look around there's almost always a blinding open source alternative to whatever pro software you need for your web design work.With so many exciting projects out there, we had our work cut out trying to decide on our favourites.

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10 hottest illustrators of 2017

Posted 12/15/2017 - 05:15

The world of illustration never stays still for long. Aside from new illustration trends and illustration tools shaping the industry, there’s always new talent arriving on the scene, disrupting the zeitgeist with innovative techniques and new perspectives. Sometimes it can be hard to keep up.

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Affinity one step closer to launching InDesign killer

Posted 12/14/2017 - 12:12

It's been a good year for Serif, the company behind vector graphics editor Affinity Designer and image-editing app Affinity Photo.

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Going viral - what's it worth?

Posted 12/14/2017 - 11:41

On paper, having your artwork go viral online seems like the express ticket to success. If a piece of art gets shared by popular news outlets and social media pages, that means the creator is set to be inundated with 'likes' and new fans clamouring to buy their work, right? Not quite.

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Apple launches the iMac Pro

Posted 12/14/2017 - 10:55

Today's the day Mac enthusiasts have been waiting for: Apple has released its fastest and most powerful product ever – the iMac Pro. Re-engineered from the ground up, the iMac Pro boasts a staggering spec list, packing workstation-class parts into its iconic iMac all-in-one design.

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The best Wacom tablet deals for Christmas 2017

Posted 12/14/2017 - 10:00

In the run up to Christmas, you might be thinking of buying a nifty new Wacom graphics tablet, and wondering where to find the best discounts and offers to help you get a great price.

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Photography cheat sheet helps unlock DSLRs' potential

Posted 12/14/2017 - 08:54

Let’s face it, if you’re an illustrator, graphic designer or a web designer, you’re unlikely to become the next David Bailey.

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Launch your web developer career with this course deal

Posted 12/14/2017 - 06:57

Web developers are the people who keep the gears turning behind the scenes on all of your favourite applications and sites. It's a career that rewards structure as much as it does creativity, and you can join the ranks with the help of the Ultimate Front End Developer Bundle on sale now for just $39 (approx.

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Why you should make your users heroes

Posted 12/14/2017 - 04:59

While many of us seek out the newest and shiniest tools, methods, and processes to build more successful websites, apps, products and services, we often overlook one of the oldest, leanest, most effective tools out there: the structurally sound story.

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8 super tips for Substance Painter

Posted 12/14/2017 - 04:00

No matter what you’re working on, how you apply textures to your model will make the difference between a final project that’s outstanding or just mediocre. There’s no point putting hours into producing a fantastic sculpt only to let it down with some subpar texturing, so we’ve collected advice from concept artist Daniel Hahn and character artist Jakub Chechelski on advancing your technique to

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Design a Christmas card with Adobe Stock and InDesign CC

Posted 12/13/2017 - 11:42

With Christmas just around the corner, creatives across the world are busy designing their Christmas cards.

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Get started with ink drawing

Posted 12/13/2017 - 11:00

Learning how to draw with ink is a big step up from pencil drawing. The most obvious difference is that there's no more relying on the eraser, but it can be a wonderfully creative medium – just look at these stunning examples of ink drawings.

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'Fastest Mac ever made' to be released 14 December

Posted 12/13/2017 - 09:44

The wait is almost over – Apple's eagerly anticipated ‘workstation-class’ iMac Pro is due to launch on 14 December. Pushing further into pro territory than any device before it, the iMac Pro has been completely re-engineered to feature an Intel Xeon processor – and the firm claims it will be Apple's most powerful product yet.The new iMac Pro is great news for video editors, in particular.

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CSS Grid Layout secrets revealed

Posted 12/13/2017 - 09:00

CSS Grid Layout was launched into browsers in March 2017 and, at the time of writing, well over 70 per cent of the visitors to most sites will have Grid support. That figure is rapidly growing, and stands to improve as Edge ships its updated support. I hope that you've already had a chance to explore some of the features of CSS Grid Layout.

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Write anywhere with this mobile-friendly writing app

Posted 12/13/2017 - 08:09

Great ideas don't always come to you when it's convenient. Sometimes you have to go out of your way to capture those moments of brilliance, and Storyist makes it easy to do just that. Grab Storyist, a word processor that is easy to use on desktop or mobile, on sale now for just $19 (approx. £14)!Storyist is a do-it-all writing platform that isn't limited by what operating system you use it on.

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Stunning trailer shows what Star Wars might have been

Posted 12/13/2017 - 06:48

It's near-impossible to escape the fact that Star Wars - The Last Jedi is nearly with us. However, it would be a very different film if the original Star Wars had stayed loyal to earlier drafts of George Lucas' script, and to Ralph McQuarrie's beautiful concept art.

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16 super-cool design offices to stir the senses

Posted 12/13/2017 - 05:45

For some lucky creative agencies the days of dull and drab cubicle spaces are long gone, with employers realising that inspiring surroundings can have a direct effect on their employees' creativity.

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20 tools to make you more creative in 2018

Posted 12/13/2017 - 05:00

Part of getting your work-life balance right is finishing your work on time – or even ahead of time.

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The 8 best prototyping tools for 2018

Posted 12/12/2017 - 12:34

From low fidelity to high fidelity, the design world is now filled with prototyping tools. The best prototyping tools help you iterate quickly while preserving design consistency.

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How to land your dream job in 3D

Posted 12/12/2017 - 12:30

You've got the talent to land a top job in 3D, but so do a lot of people.

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5 times brands temporarily changed their packaging

Posted 12/12/2017 - 12:00

An instantly recognisable piece of packaging design is one of the most valuable tools at a brand manager's disposal.

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The best laptop deals for Christmas 2017

Posted 12/12/2017 - 10:15

One of the most essential – yet expensive – items you need is a laptop, so a discount or a special offer can help no end.

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The 10 best design books that aren't about design

Posted 12/12/2017 - 09:23

There are plenty of amazing design books around, but some of the best lessons can be learned from books that are about a different topic altogether. Recently, GV partner Daniel Burka put out a Tweet asking the hivemind which non-design books had taught them the most about their profession, and the thread proved hugely popular.

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Stay safe online with Private Internet Access VPN

Posted 12/12/2017 - 07:18

When you're browsing the web, you can never be too sure about who might be watching, be it your ISP, advertisers, or even the government. One of the best ways to ensure your privacy online is to use the protection of a VPN.

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The expert guide to working from home

Posted 12/12/2017 - 06:00

Working from home seems like heaven – the commute is non-existent, there are no arguments about whose turn it is to make the tea round, and you can even work in your pyjamas.Designers and artists especially can gain the most from working from home as it allows the creation of a personal work environment and schedule suited to you and you alone.

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APIs: The building blocks of the next-generation web

Posted 12/12/2017 - 05:07

In the context of the web, you might already have thought about APIs in the form of services made available by third parties. Google, for example, exposes a Google Maps API that you can consume as a developer to integrate Google’s mapping, street view, navigation and more into your app.

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Why Vertex is a must for CG artists

Posted 12/12/2017 - 04:33

Vertex is the event connecting all areas of the UK visual effects community, for a day of presentations, workshops, recruitment and discussion.Come to watch talks by some of the world's biggest names in VFX, including Scott Ross, Chris Nichols, Brett Ineson, Sébastien Deguy and more.Book tickets for workshops run by some top artists, from Glen Southern to Mike Griggs among others.If you want to

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Become a tech expert with StoneRiver eLearning courses

Posted 12/11/2017 - 12:16

Getting the itch to learn some new skills, either for fun or to advance your career? With access to Stone River eLearning, you'll be able to work through a massive library of online courses and learn any new tech-related skill that you can imagine. Get a lifetime subscription for just $85 (approx. £64).Stone River eLearning's library is packed with the skills you've been dying to learn.

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Discover hot colour palettes for 2018 in Computer Arts 274

Posted 12/11/2017 - 12:00

Colour is a wonderfully evocative design tool, with the right palette packing an emotional punch as well as boosting aesthetic appeal.Issue 274 of Computer Arts magazine has three striking covers – one for each trend. As these covers attest, these trends are fluid, expressive and adaptable, covering everything from products to fashion, graphic design to make-up.

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5 creative ways people are using stock footage

Posted 12/11/2017 - 11:19

Stock isn’t just about stunning still photography, illustrations and vectors – Shutterstock offers a huge library of gorgeous stock video footage, too.

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4 alternatives to traditional sketchbooks

Posted 12/11/2017 - 11:10

Few things are more fundamental to artists and designers than the deceptively humble notebook.

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The 11 best Clip Studio Paint tutorials

Posted 12/11/2017 - 10:13

Clip Studio Paint is a digital painting app specifically aimed at people creating comics or manga art – although it's great for any kind of digital art. We wonder if more people aren't using it because they don't know about it, or because they're not sure how to use it.

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How to bridge the design-development gap

Posted 12/11/2017 - 09:26

If you've ever got into a conversation about the biggest problems plaguing web and digital product development today, you probably heard someone refer to the 'design-development gap'. At the mention of this, several heads probably nodded sagely, and then you all moved on, content to observe the problem without necessarily resolving it. After all, there's probably an app for that, right?

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How to bridge the gap between design and development

Posted 12/11/2017 - 09:26

If you've ever got into a conversation about the biggest problems plaguing web and digital product development today, you probably heard someone refer to the 'design-development gap'. At the mention of this, several heads probably nodded sagely, and then you all moved on, content to observe the problem without necessarily resolving it. After all, there's probably a tool for that, right?

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8 useful Christmas card templates

Posted 12/11/2017 - 08:00

It's time to design your festive products, and a greeting card template can help you initiate the creative process nicely. Christmas and greeting cards are passed around during the holiday season in their hundreds and thousands.

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How to digitally sculpt in ZBrushCore

Posted 12/11/2017 - 07:13

ZBrushCore ($149.95 for a single user licence) is a simplified version of ZBrush that serves as an introduction to digital sculpting. It has some of the key features of ZBrush and it's easy to learn. Here we'll share various workflows for 3D sculpting using ZBrushCore, with an emphasis on particular processes and features that will help you produce professional-looking objects and 3D art.

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10 tools to make illustration easier in 2018

Posted 12/11/2017 - 05:58

2017 has been a busy year for illustration tools, and it seems that companies are trying harder than ever to make the lives of illustrators easier. But with so many new goodies coming onto the market all the time, it can be difficult to keep up.In this post, then, we bring you our favourite new and newly updated tools for illustration released in 2017 so far.

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Save rendering time with dedicated nodes

Posted 12/11/2017 - 05:16

Those in the 3D design and VFX industry will be used to rendering eating big chunks of their days.

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16 wonderful window display designs

Posted 12/11/2017 - 05:00

You may be surprised how much a walk around your local high street or shopping mall could inspire you for your next project or design portfolio entry. With a good design eye, clothes, shoes, CDs, games and even food can be combined to create a stunning window display.

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56 best free fonts for designers

Posted 12/09/2017 - 03:49

In this freshly updated free fonts for designers post, we bring you the world's best free fonts. We've filtered out the diamonds from the thousands of less perfectly designed free fonts available online, for you to use in your designs and illustrations. 

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How to design an accessible web

Posted 12/08/2017 - 09:53

Inclusive design is about putting people first. It’s about designing for the needs of people with permanent, temporary, situational or changing disabilities, placing an emphasis on how disabled users might experience content. 

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Controversial sexy cow logo hits a bum note

Posted 12/08/2017 - 09:02

A new ice cream shop in Montclair, New Jersey, has sparked a beef with local residents thanks to its sexualised cow logo design.The controversial logo (above) features a coquettish cartoon cow with blonde braids and a saucy beret tucking into an ice-cream.

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